Apple Butter Recipe

Apple Butter Recipe

Apple butter is a delicious spread that you can make in your slow cooker. This recipe takes about 5 hours and can be made with or without sugar.
prep: 20 mins cook: 45 mins additional: 10 mins total: 75 mins Servings: 15 Yield: 15 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar

2 pounds Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces

2 pounds Honeycrisp apples – peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons lemon juice

canning jars with lids and rings

1 cup apple cider

Instructions:

Combine Honeycrisp apples, Granny Smith apples, and apple cider in a large stainless steel or enamel-coated saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until mixture reduces by about half, about 20 minutes.

Stir sugar and lemon juice into the apple mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking at a simmer until the mixture is very thick, about 25 minutes.

Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack apple butter into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 171 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 44.9g; fat 0.1g; sodium 3.1mg.

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